Google+ – Should You Join?
So have you been on Google+ yet?
About a month ago we started getting invitations to join it. All I really knew at the time was that you had to be invited to participate in this new social media platform so I was feeling pretty special that I was actually thought about and being invited even though I had no clue what I was being invited to join!
With so many other social media platforms out there that I haven’t used to my benefit, it seemed to me that I had to have a good reason to spend my limited time to learn it and see how it would work for me and my business.
I suspect you feel the same.
But this week, after being nudged by so many people, I sat down and spent a little time poking around in there, setting up my profile and actually doing some stuff. Then I sat down with Rick last night and showed him what I had learned. It literally took 10 minutes since I know I have just scratched the surface.
And I’m beginning to get it that there may be something in being active on Google+ and getting in on the beginning in kind of exciting.
If you’re like me and have heard of Google+, have been invited to join, and think you should learn about it but don’t really have the time, you should check it out.
Here are 3 reasons why:
It’s From Google
To be honest, the only reason I decided it was worth a look is all the buzz it was getting and that it was a Google product. (Google calls it a project which is really more descriptive.) If there is one thing I know about how to get good search rankings is that using Google products, i.e., YouTube, Google Places, Gmail, Google Affiliate, brings you “Google love”. Google likes it when you use Google products and will reward you with good page ranks if you use them wisely and well.
Google+, the social media site not the Google + 1 button which you can add to your website, is actually Google turning all of Google into one giant social network. This is done by offering a core group of social products and a new navigation bar that integrates sharing into every single Google product.
Simple Design = Ease Of Use
It’s Google — very minimalist with plenty of white space and pretty easy to figure out. Some of you may not like this but I do. To me, a clean interface that is very user friendly.
It is also very easy to use. There aren’t too many features – yet. It’s easy to navigate and its icons are clear. After a few minutes of exploring, I quickly got the hang of it.
Get In The Flow With The Stream
One functional difference you’ll see right away is in sharing with people. After you write in the stream, which doesn’t have a character limit, you have to choose where and who you wish to share this post with. If you just click the share without entering a circle or person’s name, you’ll be directed to a pull down menu where you’ll be asked to enter a circle or person or email address. If you enter Public, then it goes into the main stream of all those who have added you (like Following in Twitter – only those people see it.) Or you can choose just to talk to one person, or a group of people you’ve put in your circle.
I know that seems a like a bother but it’s for a good reason. The focus of Google+ is not on sharing with a mass group of friends, but on targeted sharing with your various social groups through the use of Circles.
The circles work similar to Facebook Friend lists, Twitter lists and LinkedIn connections but there’s some really neat functionality that I’ll talk about more next week when I get a better grip on what they are all about and how to use them.
So far, it’s been fun. One of the coolest things about Google+ is being in at the beginning and so far the spamminess that plagues Twitter has shown up in my stream.
If you’re on Google+, what do you think?
If you haven’t been invited to join yet, let me know below and I’ll send you an invitation. You will need to set up a Google account if you haven’t already done so. At this time, we’re allowed to send out 150 but that may change as this thing grows.
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